I think what was so special about this trip is that it was the first trip where I truly managed on my own. I have traveled many places, but always in the company of others – a great friend, my brothers or my parents. But this time, I navigated my way into and around the city without anyone’s help. I found my own place to stay, and I found my way around to meet my friends, and made plenty of new ones! Traveling with friends and family is wonderful, but it can be very empowering to travel on your own; I found such a sense of freedom, relying totally on my own resourcefulness and intuition to keep myself safe and happy in the Big Apple!